Friday, 19 February 2021

Bits and bobs


It's been so nice this past week to spend a few hours in the garden, having a right good tidy but still leaving some wild areas for the wild life. A few new plants were brought home to give some much needed cheer.


A lovely Camellia bought at a barging from Aldi for  £1.99

Primulas , they smell divine. 



I have a few of these larva eating and pooing! between two logs at the bottom of the garden at first I thought they might have been some kind of Beetle larva but after posting for an ID they have come back as MOTH LARVA, a moth belonging to the group OECOPHORIDAE tiny moths. 

They could be Harpella, Forficella but during the summer I do get lots of White-shouldered House-moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) so they might be that.

Common Shiny Woodlouse Oniscus asellus

Tiny Spider

Chestnut Slug - Deroceras invadens

wood/field Mouse

Common Pygmy Woodlouse - Trichoniscus pusillus agg.
and Slug
Goldfinch in daily

Out riding

Pixie cup lichen 


Pigs with Horses !



The Rum Affair.
I saw that Stewart (Twitter) had got this book for his birthday and was intrigued, so glad I got it as I am about three chapters in and liking it. Have learned some new thing as well.

Have had my eye on this one for some time but when Caroline said it was very good I just had to get it.


  1. A super post Amanda and your usual beautiful photos :) Your garden is looking so lovely and so colourful with the addition of those beautiful plants :)

    Great wildlife sightings - the Wood Mouse is exceedingly cute. White shouldered house moth are one of the few moths I don't like. Once had an infestation front room carpet - they were a nightmare to get rid of - constant vacuuming as I wouldn't let OH use chemicals. Thankd goodness we now have laminate flooring everywhere except for one bedroom.

    Glad to see you have been out on your bike and cute photos of the sheep.

    Enjoy your reading. I had missed the Rum Affair - it looks fascinating. I hope you enjoy Orchard as much as I did. A book to read many times :)

    1. Thanks Caroline for the lovely comment, having the moths in the carpet doesn't sound fun we have wood floors throughout thankfully too.

  2. What a beautiful mouse, Amanda, and fantastic photo of it. I love seeing the flowers, too. We have two Crocuses just about in flower, and four Snowdrops. So glad you have been able to go out and about - and riding. Those pigs are adorable. Thank you for mentioning the orchard book, which I will add to my list.

    1. Thank you Caroline Gill for the lovely comment, coming up to my favourite seasons Spring, and I think we all are ready for a change. Love the pigs, will go see them again another day for sure.

  3. Pretty! Your garden and surrounding area are looking happy and perky. Spring is on the way. Yay!

    1. Thank you Beth I am so happy to that Spring is on it's way, here's to lighter days and nights.

  4. Nice to see you back. Very cute wood mouse and love the pixie cup lichen. X

    1. Thank you so much Shazza , looking forward to getting out photographing this year.

  5. Oh I love the pigs with the horses, you don't see that very often!! It is good to see signs of spring and lovely to see the flowers in your garden. I've not seen A Rum Affair before, it looks intriguing.

    1. Thanks Pam, (found your comment :) yes will go back to see the pigs. Started Rum affair and finding it ok so far, not a book for everyone will let you know once i have finished it.

  6. Some lovely photos here - and such variety! I'm especially admiring of the single woodlouse picture because I have often tried to take their portraits - and nearly always failed. It's difficult to photograph them close enough to get detail and not so close that only bits are in focus. Fascinated by the larva too. A totally different 'vibe' from moths with wings. Refreshed by the flowers and sheep.

    1. Thanks so much Lucy for the lovely comment, been lucky with the woodlouse as its been cold they are a bit more still.